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French Polynesia sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Manihi Volcanic islands, dense tropic forests, unforgettable underwater world and many secluded places away from noisy urban life that are perfect for relaxation – you will find all these and more in French Polynesia. The biggest island of the collectivity is known to everyone. It’s Tahiti or, as locals like to call it, “the island of love”. It is better to start exploration of French Polynesia from a visit to this beautiful island as it has sights and entertainment to fit even most discerning travellers.
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The capital of the island, Papeete, is a wonderful place that has both beautiful nature and interesting landmarks. Among spacious parkways and flowerbeds, you will see such magnificent buildings as Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Papeete Cathedral, the Bishop Residence and numerous monuments, most of which are built to celebrate an important event or a famous person. There are several national parks and reserves on the island. They are very popular with travellers, especially with alpinists who simply adore mountain slopes of Tahiti.
Moorea Island is no less beautiful than Tahiti. This island is famous for its numerous sanctuaries. There are more than a hundred churches and cathedrals on the island, but besides that Moorea is a great place to see the beauty of nature in its splendour. The most famous destinations there include the Dolphin Centre, Vairoro Falls and Opunohu Bay. The bay is also an important historic site as that is the place where Captain Cook landed in 1769. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Tetiaroa atoll is a wonderful place that attracts many travellers who come to see rich underwater life, fascinating reefs, exotic birds and white sand beaches.

Probably, only Bora Bora can conquer with Tahiti in terms of beauty and unforgettable exotic nature. The main place of interest of the island is also very unusual – the Coral Garden underwater park. Every year many tourists come to Bora Bora to see this park with their own eyes. In Coral Garden, they can see many exotic fishes, shellfish, sharks and dolphins. Besides that, there are more than 40 interesting historic landmarks on the island. The villages of Vaiotaha, Farerua, Poovai and Marotetini hide many interesting sights, such as ancient ritual stones, old buildings and hidden caves. The island of Huahine is known as one of most mystic places in French Polynesia. Here tourists can see ruins of buildings that once belonged to the ancient Maui civilization. The remains of their sanctuaries can be found in Vaitotia and Fahia villages. Archaeologists keep working almost everywhere on the island, finding more and more buildings and new facts about life many centuries ago.
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History and Entertainment

Many tourists come to the islands for beach entertainments. There are perfect conditions for diving and other water sports. However, you certainly shouldn’t limit your vacation to beach entertainments and viewing nature attractions. You should also pay your attention to local shops where you can buy a lot of interesting souvenirs. The most popular gifts are items of shells. Prosperous tourists have a wide choice of jewels with pearls of the local production.
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Many shops sell beautiful bottles with fruit liqueurs that have been produced in the islands for many hundred years. The very interesting and symbolic souvenir is a piece of hardened volcanic lava. Artisanal workshops sell interesting wooden items and hand-made accessories.
Fans of the food tourism will not be bored too, as the Polynesian cuisine has a lot of interesting features. At local restaurants, visitors can taste a lot of fish dishes and rare seafood delicacies they will not find anywhere else. One of the most famous national delicacies is fish a la tahitienne, the fillet of which is served raw. Before serving, it is marinated in coconut milk and lemon juice.
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Those who prefer more traditional dishes should taste roasted suckling pig and breadfruit cooked by different recipes. Gourmets shouldn’t limit themselves to visiting only national restaurants. Local markets are very interesting too. Market stalls impress with the diversity of exotic fruit. Some vegetables are grown only here. As markets are visited by many foreign guests, sellers set up explanatory plates with the names of fruit and vegetables on their stalls.
One of the most important crafts for local residents is the pearl fishery. This process is also a popular tourist attraction. Travelers are offered to visit pearl farms and watch professional divers working. The main attribute of such themed excursions is the visiting of local jewelry shops.
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Fangataufa Test Site

From the series “Largest and Famous Nuclear Test Sites”
When numerous French test sites were replaced to Polynesian Islands, the place of the dangerous tests became Fangataufa Atoll. As many other coral islands, this Atoll has a unique nature and diversity of sea world. Should we say that this wonderful place of the planet was polluted by the long-lasting nuclear tests?

This test site was used since 1966 until 1996. There were made 15 explosions, 10 of which were made under the ground, and 5 over the ground. On the island were built large tunnels which depth was from 500 to 700 meters. In 1966 on the test site was a serious accident which lead to the deactivation of a part of Atoll.

Before there test site the Atoll was inhabited. There lived people and made copra. As many years ago, the island has a lot of wonderful coconut palms which were … Read all

Moruroa Atoll Test Site

From the series “Largest and Famous Nuclear Test Sites”
Since 1960 France did nuclear tests on the territory of Algeria. It is more than likely that tests will be held until now if this small state didn’t win its independence back. After Algeria independence was recognized, France had to replace the test site on the islands in the Pacific Ocean. Moruroa Atoll was rebuilt in a nuclear test site. The first experiments were held there in 1966. On the islands were made a lot of large tunnels, which length was about 800 meters.

Since the foundation, the test site is a reason of hot disputes among ecologists. If the nuclear waste will get into the ocean, it can become a reason for the global catastrophe. In the 1960s during another experiment in the soil has appeared a huge fissure through which the nuclear waste could get into the World Ocean. … Read all

Statues of Temechea-Tohua

From the series “15 Historical Monuments, with Riddles not yet Solved”
On the tiny Nuku Hiva island, that is a part of French Polynesia, have placed the Reptilian Statues of Temechea-Tohua. There depicted the creatures that bear only a passing resemblance to the human. They look like aliens from the thematic literature and descriptions. They have huge oviform heads, that don’t go with the bodies.

Several statues give the feeling that they are wearing the exposure suits. Nowadays we can see about several decades of the reptilian. They all are made of stone and have different sizes. It is still a mystery who made it and for what. Some researchers suppose that in the ancient times the aliens could lend their spaceships on this island. Also, they say that they got into communication with locals.

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Sightseeing in popular cities of French Polynesia

Papeete
While vacationing in the capital of Tahiti, you can take an unforgettable walk in the Chinese style. The city has preserved an ancient Chinese quarter called Ku Man Tong. It is remarkable for its picturesque oriental-style buildings. This colorful quarter allows you to meet a lot of interesting souvenir shops. It also accommodates attractive Chinese restaurants offering affordable prices, as well as gastronomic shops where you could buy interesting Chinese specialties. An amazing place … Read more
Vaiare
On the island of Moorea, many beautiful beaches are available to holidaymakers; the most beautiful and largest being the Temae Beach. The length of this sandy beach is about 2,000 meters. This beach is popular not only among tourists, but also with locals. On weekends, it resembles a large cultural center in the open air. On the beach you can see musicians and dancers who amuse holidaymakers. Also, interesting souvenirs and popular national dishes are sold here. In the heart of the island … Read more
Moorea
Climbing to the Magic Mountain, on the top of which there is another great viewpoint, is extremely popular among hikers. It offers a great view of the entire island's northern coast. In clear weather, you can even see small Motus islets located near the coast. The island of Moorea accommodates the extraordinary Tiki Theater Village cultural center stylized as a classical Tahitian village. Villages like this one were discovered by the first European colonizers. Each of the beautiful … Read more
Bora Bora
Besides classical boat trips, travelers can take a lot of unusual and popular excursions, during which they can feed stingrays. In the immediate surroundings of Bora-Bora, there are a lot of small volcanic islands that are absolutely uninhabited. You can take an exciting trip around these islands. The main attribute of such trips is a picnic at the coast. Shopping enthusiasts have an opportunity to visit local shops here. If taking into account the fact that the resort has an elite … Read more
Manihi
Fans of shopping are welcome to explore colorful local markets. The largest market of the region is located in Lautoka. This is a very interesting place where visitors can find colorful locally made textiles, interesting beach gear items, and authentic souvenirs. Many come to local markets to purchase exotic fruits and walk among stalls with fish and seafood. In the evening, there are always interesting entertainment programs for vacationers. Musical performances and burning coal dancing are … Read more
Tahiti Island
For hundreds of years, fishing has been the main occupation of local people. Nowadays, local fishermen use modern fishing gear, but they still remember about the traditional ways of catching fish. There are still masters that can hunt fish with a spear. Tourists are welcome to attend exciting master classes, during which they can also master the basic of this art. As it was mentioned above, coastal waters are rich in coral reefs, so they are perfectly suitable for scuba diving. It is … Read more

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